Monthly Archives: May 2008

Sights & Sounds from Our Past

photo of horse drawn sleighDo you or your parents or grandparents remember the “olden days”fondly? Relive our shared heritage by viewing images of the people and places in Bowling Green and Warren County, including parades around Fountain Square Park, sports groups, horse-drawn sleighs, and individual portraits. Several photographs portray river scenes, such as a rare one showing people swimming in the Barren River at the foot of State Street. Images of Beech Bend Park and various historical properties are included. “Warren County Sights and Sounds” opens May 31 at the Kentucky Library & Museum.

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Quilting with an International Flavor

quilts in KHQS showThe KHQS Annual Show has an international flavor in 2008. The quilts and wall hangings included in it will be made in an international style (Hawaiian, Japanese, African), constructed from a worldly pattern (Irish Chain, Dresden Plate, LeMoyne Star, Greek Cross, Mariner’s Compass, reflect a geographic location that lies closer to home- Carolina Lily, Baltimore Album, Kentucky Star) or be made in a worldwide theme. Around the World opens at the Kentucky Library & Museum on May 23 and runs through June 8.

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WKU Libraries Research Instruction Sessions

InstructionLast calendar year (2007), WKU Libraries had a record number of attendees at the research instruction sessions. We had 17,480 attendees. We also had 621 research instruction sessions (higher than average), and we had 771.5 hours of instruction (4th highest count since 1997).

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Access World News Now Available

Access World News The Access World News via Newsbank is available for WKU (including Bowling Green Daily News, the Louisville Courier-Journal, and the Lexington Herald-Leader ). You can access from the link from library database page or

The most comprehensive collection of full-text newspapers globally, Access World News provides extensive coverage at any level—local, state, regional, national and international. This fully searchable Web-based resource features the vast majority of U.S. newspapers by circulation, along with almost one thousand hard-to-find local and regional titles, the majority of which are unavailable elsewhere. Additionally, Access World News offers over a thousand international news sources from scores of countries on six continents, translated into English when written in other languages.

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Kentucky Library & Museum Wins National Award

student artists and their mentorsOn April 25, 2008, the Kentucky Library & Museum was one of five Kentucky organizations to receive the Award for Outstanding Community Partner for its work with the VSA arts of Kentucky program, SIDE BY SIDE. A visual arts program for children with disabilities, SIDE BY SIDE provides mentoring collaboration with professional adult artists from the local community. At the end of the teaching session, each student artist is paired with a local artist in a one on one session where they create a collaborative work of art. The program concludes with a public exhibition of an individual student work, the collaborative piece and a piece by each professional artist, all presented SIDE BY SIDE.

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Strawberry Delight

strawberry crate labelIt’s summertime and that means strawberries on ice cream, strawberry shortcake and other tasty treats. Did you know that Bowling Green once promoted itself as the strawberry capital of the world? Items related to the strawberry industry in Warren County are now on display at the Kentucky Library & Museum through June 30.

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The Presidential Campaign Came to WKU

Benjamin McKenzie at Western campaigning for ObamaOn May 1 at noon, television actor Benjamin McKenzie spoke on behalf of presidential candidate Barack Obama at the Java City patio outside Helm Library. Over a hundred students and WKU employees showed up.

Benjamin McKenzie graduated from the University of Virginia and, following his graduation, moved to New York to pursue his passion for acting. While in New York he appeared off-Broadway in “Life is a Dream” at the Soho Rep. Additionally, he performed in numerous productions at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. To learn more about Benjamin McKenzie, visit

Photo album of the event at the Jave City patio.

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